I am looking for a glucometer and there are too many to choose from!!!

By Laurie66 Latest Reply 2011-06-30 22:55:58 -0500
Started 2009-05-06 10:16:28 -0500

I want one that stores info on the computer, one that takes as little blood as possible, of course accuracy, no coding, and is easy to use. Someone please help me…

15 replies

lmkilday 2011-06-30 22:55:58 -0500 Report

I use Freestyle Lite. If you want to download your results to your computer, you will need to buy the cable separately. It doesn't come with the kit. The meter uses a tiny spot of blood.

mystymia 2009-05-06 22:27:19 -0500 Report

I am using an accu check compact, I do like it better, but I used to have a one touch ultra, but when my insurance formulary changed last fall, they wouldn't pay for one touch strips, so I had to switch.

2009-05-06 22:06:08 -0500 Report

I use the One Touch Ultra Smart, it stores data, you can upload your information to the computer. You do have to code the meter to match the number on the bottle of strips but it's just pushing an up or down arrow.. quite simple. One Touch test strips are the most commonly covered strips with insurance and at the lowest copays. I've used a One Touch of one type or another for years and they are great.


aleddon 2009-05-06 16:57:56 -0500 Report

I have an Accu Chek Aviva and it's okay. It doesn't use the least amount of blood, but it doesn't use much.

I tried to use a TrueTrack while I was pregnant (it's usually the store brand-in my case it was Walgreens) and it was horribly inaccurate. I KNEW I was low but it said my BS was 85. I took it with my husband's meter (the AccuChek one) and it was 49. Yes, the TrueTrack are usually the cheapest, but not the best.

Defeating Diabetes
Defeating Diabetes 2009-05-06 11:58:38 -0500 Report

I currently use One Touch UltraLink cuz it sends the readings directly to my pump.They also have at least four other types of meters that uses the same test strips and they are covered by my insurance. It uses small amount of blood and can be downloaded to a computer. They also have the ultramini that uses the same test strips and can be downloaded so its easy to carry cuz it's small.

DebbieLee 2009-05-06 11:13:55 -0500 Report

I like the LifeStyle lite. I was given another kind at my MDs office, but stuck with the LifeStyle lite because of the small case and ease of use. The small amount of blood needed is a plus as well. I got mine free from a pull out in Diabetic Magazine at the MDs office

Latte Lady
Latte Lady 2009-05-06 10:39:52 -0500 Report

We are retired military, so get our supplies either at the base pharmacy or for a minimal co-pay, downtown at any pharmacy.
We had our choice of ONE meter. But, I like it.

kdroberts 2009-05-06 10:20:20 -0500 Report

What does your insurance company cover and how much a month can you afford? The only one I know that fits everything you want are the freestyle meters but they aren't always covered under insurance and the test strips are a little over $1 a piece if you buy them in boxes of 100, more if you buy the smaller boxes.

Laurie66 2009-05-06 10:22:06 -0500 Report

I have to kinds of insurance. I'm really not sure what they cover. Where do most people buy their supplies?

kdroberts 2009-05-06 10:50:35 -0500 Report

You'll have to check with the companies. Some will give you a break for going through their mail order service, some will only cover certain pharmacies, some will cover online suppliers. Some will only cover onetouch meters, some only accu-check, some both, some freestyle, etc. I would find out what your insurance covers first, then look at which one of those fits closest to what you want.

Judimar 2009-05-06 11:56:01 -0500 Report


I called my insurance and asked which they covered. They rattled off a few brands and asked me which I wanted. When I picked one they sent it to me free of charge. After that they helped defray the cost of strips and lancets (I had to pay a copay).

Recently my husband had to swap companies since he is a government contractor so now I need to go through this process again.

Good luck!


MG - 36056
MG - 36056 2009-05-06 10:19:35 -0500 Report

I am using the freestyle lite. It is very small and no coding and very little bllod needed to test and if you look on the internet and apply there are many different ones that you may get one for no cost to you.